Apple's High-End iPhones Will Be Produced in India

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The report said the production will start early next year. While Foxconn, the Taiwanese company contracted by Apple to manufacture the iPhone, already makes phones in India, this will mark the first time the company has made iPhones in the country.

Tamil Nadu Industries Minister M C Sampath told Reuters that Foxconn had lined up a Rs 25 billion ($356 million) investment at its Sriperumbudur plant.

Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller declined to comment.

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Until now, Cupertino, California-based Apple has only assembled the lower-cost SE and 6S models in India through Wistron Corp's local unit in the Bengaluru technology hub.

Leading the transition for Android users is iPhone XR, a relatively cost-effective model that debuted alongside the iPhone XS and top-of-the-line iPhone XS Max this year, according to the survey by US-based research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).

This is a substantial 33 percent jump in the number of Android users who switched to iOS after the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were launched past year, and a whopping 45 percent increase when compared to Android switchers in the month after the launch of iPhone X. Moving iPhone production to India mitigates that risk and also helps Apple improve its relations in the critically important Indian market where the middle class is soaring and import taxes on products companies want to sell there are still quite high.

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Complete details about Apple's deal with Foxconn are not yet clear.

It is not known if any of the iPhone assembly is being moved from existing Foxconn factories in China and elsewhere.

Foxconn has previously acknowledged that the dispute between the US and China has hindered the company's ability to affordably continue its operations.

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